A familiar face is back in the Peoria political scene, this time as a protest group's school board candidate.
Dan Adler, whose 2013 City Council write-in campaign proved unsuccessful, has been endorsed by Change150 to fill Sue Wolstenholm's soon-to-be-vacated seat on the District 150 Board of Education. Wolstenholm's name was used by the organization to swing the March school board election after she announced she would decline to serve.
Though Change150 has been very critical of D150, Adler says he's keeping an open mind as the campaign moves forward.
"I promise to enter office not with an axe to grind, but with some tough questions and helpful suggestions to go forward," Adler said.
Much of the animosity expressed by Change150 toward the district's leadership has been directed at Superintendent Grenita Lathan. The group claims Lathan led a "witch hunt" against former Charter Oak Primary School principal John Wetterauer, who has resigned since being removed from the school amid ISAT score irregularities. Some members of Change150, and others outraged at the disciplinary actions brought against Wetterauer, have called for Lathan to be fired.
So, will Adler push for Lathan to hit the bricks if he's appointed to the school board?
"I think that's a premature question. What I would be focused on, first and foremost, is making sure that our kids get the best possible education they can with the team we have now," Adler said.
The school board has to name a replacement within 45 days of July 1, or within 45 days from the time Wolstenholm formally gives up her seat if she does so after July 1. The board, which has its own vetting and interview process, does not have to take Change150's candidate.
Change150 spokesman Sea Stipe says if the board opts to go with a different candidate, the group would continue to back Adler in the next round of school board elections. It will also work to find another candidate for the second seat that will be up next year .